I am a stay at home Mom, so my job is to do my best to make sure things run smoothly, that the house is tidy and in working order.
My mom once told me that your house is only as clean as your back steps.
I scoffed at the time, but soon realized how true it was! We live in the Sand Hills, and if I don’t keep that back porch tidy, you better believe my precious family brings in a sand box load of sand every day.
It feels awful, it looks awful, heck…it even SOUNDS awful when you move stuff around and hear that scraping noise!!!!
I now sweep my back porch two if not three times a day, and my home is cleaner for it.
Yesterday, when I was sweeping, the Lord spoke to me……
Your house is only as clean as your back step.
He wasn’t talking about the literal house. He was talking about me, my temple.
When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”—and you forgave the guilt of my sin.”
So, what is on your back step? What is preventing your home from staying totally clean?
Sand is tiny, it seems harmless, but left unchecked, it can fill your home, cause you pain, and your house feel out-of-order in a hurry!
This is the same in our lives…..
Whether it be a Candy Crush addiction that keeps you from devotion time, a secret that haunts you in those quiet moments, anger towards someone who wronged you, deleted text messages you don’t want your spouse to see, or shame from the past……..
Whatever it is, hiding there on your back step, is keeping your HOME, your temple, from ever feeling totally clean.
It’s time to clean house!
Psalm 51:10“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.“
Satan dwells in the hidden, secret places. By naming those secrets, by sweeping them out, we find freedom. And where freedom is, light is, and where light is….satan has no place.
Don’t give him entry to your home, your temple, one teeny-tiny grain of sand at a time.
What’s on your back step? Will you let your Heavenly Father sweep it clean before it comes tracking into your hearts home?
”Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”